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NCJ Number: 120153 Find in a Library
Title: Executive Order 12,564: Toward a Drug-Free Federal Workforce
Journal: Journal of Law and Health  Volume:2  Issue:1  Dated:(1987-1988)  Pages:15-26
Author(s): R M Kruger
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 10
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article provides an overview of major provisions of Executive Order 12,564, designed to bring about a drug-free Federal workplace.
Abstract: The executive order requires Federal department and agency heads to develop five-point plans for achieving Federal workplaces that are drug-free. First, each agency must set forth policy statements defining its expectations regarding employee drug use and the actions to be taken against employee drug use. Second, each agency must set up an assistance program for drug-using employees that includes education, counseling, rehabilitative referrals and coordination with community programs. Third, Federal supervisors must be trained to assist in identifying and addressing illegal drug use by agency employees. Fourth, while individual confidentiality must be guarded and respected, provision must also be made for self-referrals and supervisory referrals for treatment. Fifth, each agency must develop a plan for identifying illegal drug users that includes identification through the use of carefully monitored drug testing. The executive order does not propose submitting all Federal employees to mandatory drug testing. However, if employees in sensitive positions are drug users, agencies must be able to test them and identify their disabilities. Privacy protections are provided for established Federal drug testing programs. 8 footnotes. Appendix contains text of Executive Order 12,564.
Main Term(s): Employee drug testing
Index Term(s): Drug testing; Executive orders; Federal programs
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